Best Luxury and Boutique Hotels in Ireland

Small luxury hotels, country houses, city hotels and romantic retreats

Ireland is one of the most beautiful islands in Western Europe. Dubbed the Emerald Isle, it is renowned for its stunning landscapes, beautiful rivers  and lakes, and wind-swept beaches. Salmon and trout fishing, golf, walking are all easily at hand. But above all it is the charm of the natives that is reflected in some of the Good Hotel Guide's favourite hotels where the warmth of the welcome remains truly Irish. In many of the smaller places, you will be received as a friend and given an unforgettable insight into the gentle Irish way of life.

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Featured hotels in Ireland

No. 1 Pery Square, LIMERICK, Co. Limerick

The owner, Patricia Roberts, has made changes this year to her popular hotel, an extended Grade I listed townhouse, wrapped around a corner in one of Limerick’s finest Georgian terraces. A ‘facelift’


Brook Lane Hotel, KENMARE, Co. Kerry

An ideal base for exploring the Ring of Kerry and the Ring of Beara, this small hotel is in a pretty heritage town on Kenmare Bay. Owners Una and Dermot Brennan and well-informed staff offer helpful


Hotels in Ireland

  • Bushmills Inn, BUSHMILLS, Co. Antrim

    In a town at the heart of Northern Ireland’s Causeway Coast, this higgledy-piggledy old coaching inn and adjoining mill house are hospitably run by Alan Dunlop, with friendly staff. Alan Walls

  • Rosleague Manor, LETTERFRACK, Co. Galway

    On the shores of Ballinakill Bay, this pink-washed Regency manor house is owned by Mark Foyle. ‘I like everything about it,’ says its greatest fan this year, ‘the house itself, the setting, the staff,

  • Sheedy's, LISDOONVARNA, Co. Clare

    For three generations, the Sheedy family has run this small hotel/restaurant on the edge of a town in the Burren best known for its annual matchmaking festival. Today it is run by John Sheedy and his

  • Viewmount House, LONGFORD, Co. Longford

    On the outskirts of town, beside the golf course, Beryl and James Kearney’s beautifully restored Georgian house was once property of the Barons Longford. Today it is run as an ‘extremely

  • The Dunloe, KILLARNEY, Co. Kerry

    On an extensive private estate with gardens and farmland, this ‘magical’ luxury hotel is surrounded by stunning scenery overlooking the Gap of Dunloe; guests can explore the ruins of the

  • The Cuan, STRANGFORD, Co. Down

    Personable hosts Peter and Caroline McErlean have run their guest house on the main square of this conservation village on the shores of Strangford Lough for 25 years. The 200-year-old inn has

  • The g Hotel, Galway, Co. Galway

    On the edge of Lough Atalia, this glamorous modern hotel (part of the Edward Hotels group) is within easy reach of the city centre and the airport. Designed by Philip Treacy, it has dramatic light

  • Ballymaloe House, SHANAGARRY, Co. Cork

    Since she launched her restaurant more than 50 years ago, Myrtle Allen’s Ballymaloe has become a legend and a brand. The venture grew out of the farm that she ran with her late husband, Ivan,

  • Foxmount Country House, WATERFORD, Co. Waterford

    There are family photographs, log fires and a warm, welcoming ambience at Margaret and David Kent’s B&B, a 17th-century house standing amid lush, well-kept gardens on a working dairy farm. Homely,

  • Lorum Old Rectory, BAGENALSTOWN, Co. Carlow

    ‘The thing that you notice about staying in Lorum Old Rectory is that it is a home,’ says a visitor in 2015 to Bobbie Smith’s guest house at the foot of Mount Leinster. ‘Yes, it is a beautiful stone

  • Stella Maris, Ballycastle, Co. Mayo

    On Mayo’s rugged north-west coast, this white-painted building dominates Bunatrahir Bay as befits a former coastguard headquarters. It was turned into a hotel by the owners, Frances Kelly, a

  • Seaview House, BALLYLICKEY, Co. Cork

    ‘Kindly, helpful’ Kathleen O’Sullivan remains very much in charge after three decades of running her hotel in the white, bay-windowed Victorian house that she was brought up in, on the edge of this

  • Gregans Castle Hotel, BALLYVAUGHAN, Co. Clare

    ‘Really lovely.’ Simon Haden and Frederieke McMurray’s ‘magical’ 18th-century country house stands in tranquil grounds with spectacular views across the Burren to Galway Bay. Public rooms have

  • Ravenhill House, BELFAST, Co. Antrim

    Within easy walking distance of shops, pubs, restaurants and a park, Olive and Roger Nicholson’s welcoming B&B is in a restored Victorian house two miles from the centre. Guests are greeted with tea,

  • Carrig Country House and Restaurant, CARAGH LAKE, Co. Kerry

    Landscaped and wooded gardens filled with rare shrubs surround this Victorian manor house and former hunting and fishing lodge on the shores of Caragh Lake. Frank and Mary Slattery bought and extended

  • Cromleach Lodge, CASTLEBALDWIN, Co. Sligo

    Surrounded by ‘beautiful’ Sligo scenery, Moira and Christy Tighe’s spa hotel has ‘superb’ views over Lough Arrow. Spacious, traditionally decorated bedrooms in the main house have loch views. More

  • Enniscoe House, CASTLEHILL, Co. Mayo

    In woodland at the foot of Mount Nephin, this classic Georgian mansion (said to be the last great house of North Mayo) is the family home of Susan Kellett and her son, DJ. ‘This is not a guest house

  • Ballyvolane House, CASTLELYONS, Co. Cork

    In farming and fishing country in north Cork, this Italianate Georgian mansion is the family home of Justin and Jenny Green. International hoteliers, they returned to his home to welcome guests in an

  • The Quay House, CLIFDEN, Co. Galway

    ‘Warm’ hosts Paddy and Julia Foyle welcome B&B guests to their late-Georgian former harbourmaster’s house turned monastery, with modern extension, overlooking a small inlet. The public rooms and

  • The Mill, DUNFANAGHY, Co. Donegal

    On the outskirts of a small resort town along the Wild Atlantic Way, this converted 19th-century flax mill overlooking a ‘lovely’ lake is run as a friendly restaurant-with-rooms by Susan and Derek

  • Salville House, ENNISCORTHY, Co. Wexford

    ‘We loved it all,’ says a regular Guide correspondent on a first visit to Gordon and Jane Parker’s ever-popular Victorian country house in large grounds on a hilltop. ‘It is

  • Marlfield House, GOREY, Co. Wexford

    Imposing gates open on to a wooded drive through the extensive grounds of the Bowe family’s Regency mansion (once the Irish residence of the earls of Courtown). Sisters Margaret and Laura Bowe preside

  • Rayanne House, HOLYWOOD, Co. Down

    There is an Art Deco motif in the public rooms of Conor and Bernadette McClelland’s ‘very individualistic’ guest house. A Victorian former merchant’s mansion, it stands in large gardens near Belfast.

  • Roundwood House, MOUNTRATH, Co. Laois

    At their handsome family home, a Palladian villa at the foot of the Slieve Bloom Mountains, Paddy and Hannah Flynn welcome guests in relaxed house-party style. ‘Lovely people’, they might be joined by

  • Mornington House, MULTYFARNHAM, Co. Westmeath

    In parkland and gardens, in a landscape of lakes and gentle hills, this early 18th-century country house has been home to the O’Hara family since 1858. It was remodelled in 1896, and is run today in

  • Newport House, NEWPORT, Co. Mayo

    Overlooking the estuary, this grand Georgian country house is a magnet for fisherfolk, who come to cast their rod on the Newport river. It is owned by Kieran Thompson; Catherine Flynn is the ‘chatty

  • Currarevagh House, OUGHTERARD, Co. Galway

    ‘Don’t expect TV or sumptuous bedrooms with a walk-in shower’ at this Victorian manor in wooded parkland bordering Lough Corrib. ‘Just a real break from whatever it was that was bugging you before you

  • Frewin, RAMELTON, Co. Donegal

    Regina and Thomas Coyle’s restored Victorian rectory stands in mature wooded grounds on the outskirts of a historic Georgian port. ‘Charming’ hosts, they greet B&B guests with afternoon tea, served by

  • Rathmullan House, RATHMULLAN, Co. Donegal

    A Georgian country house, extended and remodelled in the 1870s, this hotel on the sandy shores of Lough Swilly has been run by the same family since Bob Wheeler and his wife, Robin, took it on in

  • Lough Inagh Lodge, RECESS, Co. Galway

    In a ‘spectacular’ position on the shores of Lough Inagh, this ‘lovely, peaceful’ 19th-century fishing lodge has been owned by the O’Connor family since 1989. Dominic O’Morain is the long-serving

  • Coopershill, RIVERSTOWN, Co. Sligo

    ‘It was a privilege to be welcomed into the easy grandeur and graciousness of a small stately home in more than 200 years of continuous occupation.’ Guide readers enjoyed

  • Cairn Bay Lodge, BANGOR, Co. Down

    In their 16th year of running their ‘very original’ B&B in an Edwardian villa looking east over Ballyholme Bay, Chris and Jenny Mullen win consistent praise for the warmth of their welcome and for

  • Hilton Park, CLONES, Co. Monaghan

    ‘Pure tranquillity. You have to work to get here, but you are fully rewarded for every mile travelled.’ In a sprawling estate with heritage woodland, gardens and lakes, stands this ‘grand and

  • Harvey's Point, DONEGAL TOWN, Co. Donegal

    On the shores of Lough Eske, this traditional hotel has been owned by the Gysling family since 1989. Spacious bedrooms have views of the surrounding landscape; lakeshore suites, accessed via a

  • Sheen Falls Lodge, KENMARE, Co. Kerry

    Across the suspension bridge from the heritage town, this 17th-century fishing lodge stands in extensive grounds with woodlands and riverside walks, and spectacular views over Kenmare Bay, the

  • The Old Presbytery, KINSALE, Co. Cork

    On a quiet street in the centre of this historic port and fishing town, Philip and Noreen McEvoy’s B&B is in a rambling, 200-year-old house that was once the residence of the parish priests. The home

  • Moy House, LAHINCH, Co. Clare

    In extensive grounds with mature woodland and a river, this white-painted 19th-century country house has spectacular views over Lahinch Bay; guests have direct access to the stony beach. Caroline

  • Ballinkeele House, ENNISCORTHY, Co. Wexford

    Built at the dawn of the Victorian era, this ‘magnificent’ Italianate mansion is run as a ‘historic family home’ by Val Maher and his wife, Laura, fifth-generation owners.

  • Newforge House, MAGHERALIN, Co. Armagh

    There is a youthful vibrancy about John and Louise Mathers’s ‘beautiful’ guest house in a converted Georgian home that has passed through six generations since 1840. John Mathers spent an ‘idyllic’

  • Waterloo House, DUBLIN, Co. Dublin

    Guests praise the ‘helpful’ service at Evelyn Corcoran’s comfortable B&B, in a ‘very central’ location close to the city centre, parks and many public transport connections. Traditionally furnished

  • Inis Meáin Restaurant and Suites, INIS MEÁIN, Co. Galway

    On the most remote of the three Aran Islands (a stronghold of Irish culture), this ‘stunning’ modern stone-and-glass building was designed to blend into the native terraced stone fields;

  • The Mustard Seed at Echo Lodge, BALLINGARRY, Co. Limerick

    ‘A hotel with a bit of magic about it,’ says a visitor this year to Daniel Mullane’s restaurant-with-rooms in a pretty village. The owner is ‘warm and full of character’;

  • Knockeven House, COBH, Co. Cork

    Just outside the historic seaport town, Pam Mulhaire’s B&B is in a double-fronted Victorian house in well-kept gardens; displays of magnolias, azaleas and camellias in season can be seen

  • Laurel Villa Townhouse, MAGHERAFELT, Co. Londonderry

    For fans of Seamus Heaney, Eugene and Gerardine Kielt’s elegant B&B is a literary cornucopia. A rich collection of the poet’s memorabilia is on display; Eugene Kielt, a Blue Badge guide, arranges

  • Ballaghtobin Country House, CALLAN, Co Kilkenny

    Catherine and Mickey Gabbett’s 18th-century ancestral home stands on a site where 14 generations of the Gabbett family have lived. In a remote situation, it is in informal gardens within a 500-acre

  • Beech Hill Country House, NEWTOWNARDS, Co. Down

    In a rural setting close to Belfast, Victoria Brann’s Georgian-style house stands in beautiful 15-acre grounds, with a large pond, waterfalls and a working water wheel. It is ideally placed for

  • Rathsallagh House, DUNLAVIN, Co. Wicklow

    Farmer Joe O’Flynn bought Rathsallagh at New Year 1979, intending to work the land. ‘Lovely people who make you feel welcome’, he and his wife, Kay, started to take paying guests. A restaurant

  • The Old Rectory, BELFAST, Co. Antrim

    Close to the centre and the university, Mary Callan’s homely guest house is in a 19th-century rectory. A friendly place, it has many thoughtful touches: the drawing room has games, and books on

  • Whitepark House, BALLINTOY, Co. Antrim

    ‘The attention to detail and comfort is exemplary’ at Bob and Siobhan Isles’s B&B, in a crenellated 18th-century house above the spectacular sandy beach of Whitepark Bay. ‘We were entertained

  • Hunter's Hotel, RATHNEW, Co. Wicklow

    In large grounds on the banks of the River Vartry, this former coaching inn is said to be the oldest remaining inn in Ireland; it retains all the charms of a bygone age. Traditionally decorated, it

  • The Cliff Townhouse, DUBLIN, Co. Dublin

    Opposite St Stephen’s Green, this handsome Georgian house was once home to one of the oldest private members’ clubs in Ireland. Now a stylish town hotel and popular seafood and oyster restaurant, it

  • Ballyduff House, THOMASTOWN, Co Kilkenny

    In a ‘fabulous situation’ amid farmland and gardens on the banks of the River Nore, thoughtful host Brede Thomas runs her B&B with ‘real style and friendliness’. The Georgian house has oil paintings,

  • Crocnaraw Country House, MOYARD, Co. Galway

    In 20 acres of wooded gardens and meadows, close to Ballinakill Bay in Connemara, Lucy Fretwell’s genteel Georgian guest house is filled with fresh flowers and plenty of character. Traditionally

  • Ghan House, CARLINGFORD, Co. Louth

    Within castellated walls, this ‘pretty’ Georgian house in ‘attractive’ gardens has been run by the Carroll family, with ‘extremely friendly, hospitable and

  • Rosquil House, KILKENNY, Co Kilkenny

    Phil and Rhoda Nolan’s ‘pleasing’ B&B is liked for its good-value bedrooms and praiseworthy breakfasts. The simply furnished rooms are equipped with a tea tray and thoughtful extras (hairdryer, iron,

  • Ariel House, DUBLIN, Co. Dublin

    In the leafy Ballsbridge neighbourhood, the McKeown family’s B&B occupies three refurbished Victorian town houses with many period features, such as ornate stained glass and the original bay

  • Sea Mist House, CLIFDEN, Co. Galway

    Close to the centre of the coastal town, yet in a quiet position, this late Georgian stone house has been run as a B&B since 1999 by the Griffin family. ‘The owners must be enthusiastic art

  • Temple House, BALLYMOTE, Co. Sligo

    A leafy half-mile drive leads to this Georgian mansion, remodelled in 1864, in a thousand acres of gardens, pastures and woodland. ‘Stay for two or three nights,’ urge Roderick and Helena

  • Castle Leslie, GLASLOUGH, Co. Monaghan

    In 1,000 acres of rolling countryside, ancient woods and lakes, this ‘excellent’ luxury hotel remains in the hands of the Leslie family who founded the estate in the 1660s. It is managed by Brian

  • Gorman's Clifftop House, GLASHABEG, Co. Kerry

    In a ‘splendid location’, Síle and Vincent Gorman’s welcoming guest house and restaurant are on the Dingle Way walking trail at the western edge of the peninsula, where their families have fished and

  • Butler Arms, WATERVILLE, Co. Kerry

    Overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, this ‘friendly’ hotel is in a little village on the Wild Atlantic Way. Owned by the Huggard family since 1915, ‘it is a well-run place; the management are highly

  • Glenlohane House., KANTURK, Co. Cork

    Acres of landscaped gardens, meadows and fields surround this handsome 18th-century country house which has belonged to the Sharp Bolster family for seven generations. Desmond and Melanie Sharp

  • The Brehon, KILLARNEY, Co. Kerry

    Guests praise the ‘fantastic attention to detail’ at the O’Donahue family’s large spa hotel next to Killarney national park. Modern bedrooms have tea- and coffee-making facilities, bottled water,

  • Watermill Lodge, LISNASKEA

    Surrounded by ‘fabulous scenery’ on the shore of Lough Erne between Lisnaskea and Derrylin, Valerie Smyth and Pascal Brissaud run their restaurant-with-rooms in this pretty thatched house. In the

  • The Merrion, DUBLIN, Co. Dublin

    ‘Thoroughly recommended.’ A conversion of four extensively restored Georgian town houses, this large luxury hotel is in an excellent location ‘both for business and for

  • The Cliff House, Ardmore, Co. Waterford

    In glass, steel and slate, this modern luxury hotel (Relais & Châteaux) is in a dramatic position on a cliff above Ardmore Bay; there are uninterrupted views over the water from every

  • Ballygally Castle, Ballygally, Co. Antrim

    ‘A surprisingly pleasant experience.’ In ‘an extremely scenic’ area on the Causeway coastal route, this 17th-century castle (with later additions) is in ‘well-kept’